Uber may not be in Oman – but the Middle-East’s own Careem Taxi – Oman is. Careem had started in Muscat in May 2017 but stopped at the request of Oman’s government.
The new Careem service will use Marhaba Taxis (part of the Omani Ingenuity Technologies L.L.C/Suhail Bahwan Group), which currently operate in Muscat as the Careem fleet vehicles. Careem’s fares will start at OMR1.250; which Careem say is “in line with regular taxis”.
Careem intends to operate in all major towns in Oman (presumably through Marhaba) ; I guess this will mean Suhar, Buraymi, Ibri, Nizwa and Salalah and Sur (the home town of Suhail Bahwan)..
The Careem interface and app may not be 100% informative or intuitive and unfortunately the same can be said about Marhaba.
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In the far south of Oman is the location of one of the Britain’s Special Air Service’s (SAS) more publicly known battles ‘The Battle of Mirbat’. On 25th October, Prince Harry unveiled a memorial, in Nadi, western Fiji, to one of the key participants, the Fijian Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, of SAS.
Cyclone Mekunu brought what is probably Dhofar’s most intense rainfall ever, which in turn brought some deaths (6 reported and perhaps a few more), caused destroyed roads and spectacular waterfalls.
The effect can be seen by the closure announcment, by the National Committee for Civil Defense, of major road links – shown in a diagram issued after Cyclone Mekunu. As the diagram Continue reading “Cyclone Mekunu aftermath”
Cyclone Mekunu approaches Dhofar Oman and has formed to the south of the southern Oman coast of Dhofar. This Cyclone is relatively weak, with the ‘eye’ disintegrating and forward speed of less than 10kmph. However, the ocean surface temperature remains at over 31c and this will certainly provide an increase in the energy of the Cyclone as it approaches the coast.